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Don't Look Now: The screenwork as palimpsest

Don't Look Now: The screenwork as palimpsest

Davies, Rosamund ORCID: 0000-0001-8645-8271 (2013) Don't Look Now: The screenwork as palimpsest. Journal of Screenwriting, 4 (2). pp. 163-177. ISSN 1759-7137 (Print), 1759-7145 (Online) (doi:

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The development of the screen idea is a dynamic, interactive process, involving a range of documents and collaborators. This article will consider the extra layer that adaptation from prose fiction to script adds to this process. Taking as my example the short story by Daphne du Maurier, Don't Look Now, adapted for the screen by Allan Scott and Chris Bryant and subsequently directed by Nicolas Roeg (1973), I will focus in particular on the adaptation of narrative voice, from short story to screen: examining narration strategies in the short story, screenplay drafts and film, and the relationship between them. My discussion will explore the relevance of Ferrer and Groden's notion of the creative process as an `always virtually present' background process, of which each element of text and avant-texte constitutes but one manifestation. It will also introduce the figure of the palimpsest, considering how it might illuminate an understanding of the screenwork as constructed through the various layers that have contributed to its genesis, producing a multiple rather than a singular entity.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 'Don't Look Now', adaptation, Daphne du Maurier, narration, narrative voice, Allan Scott, Nicolas Roeg, palimpsest, genetic criticism
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Humanities & Social Sciences
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